Ambassadors representing 50 countries at the United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG) have co-signed a letter to the President of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) and the High Commissioner for Human Rights on Friday, July 26th. In the letter, the ambassadors voiced their support for China’s position on issues related to its Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.
In the joint letter, the ambassadors commend China for its economic and social progress, effective counter-terrorism, de-radicalisation measures, and strong guarantees of human rights, according to Reuters.
The ambassadors appreciate the opportunities provided by China for diplomatic envoys, officials of international organizations, and media professionals to visit Xinjiang, pointing out the contrast between Xinjiang in the eyes of those who have visited and the one portrayed by western media.
“My country was proud to sign this letter along some other delegations, and send it to the high commissioner. Let us remember that China lifted 800 million people out of poverty. Xinjiang is lying in the core of the ‘Belt and Road’ initiative. People in Xinjiang want stability,” remarked Vadim Pisarevich, the deputy permanent representative of Belarus to United Nations’ Geneva Office.
Chen Xu, the permanent representative of China to United Nations’ Geneva Office, said that to address the threat of terrorism and extremism across the world, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region has responded with lawful steps, including setting up vocational education and training centres.
The letter is co-signed by nations from across Asia, Africa, Latin America, Europe, and especially the Organisation of the Islamic Conference. Chen said that others had also expressed support in separate letters or press releases.
Chen added: “They issued a strong message, a strong signal. In many of them, they pay a visit to Xinjiang. Seeing this region through their own eyes, they find what was the real situation in Xinjiang. And they highly appreciate of the great efforts and achievements made by the local people, try to stabilise the situation.”